Tasmanian taxpayers have generously sponsored the creation of a new forest industry representative body (goodness knows the forest industry can’t afford to fund such luxuries themselves).
Not only do we have FIAT (Forest Industry Association of Tasmania) as the sawmillers representative, but we now have the Tasmanian Forest and Forest Products Network (TFFPN).
Tasmania now as not one but TWO forest industry representative bodies. That should work well! NOT!!
Two bands of thieves to plunder our forests and the State Treasury.
Check out their website:
This new body exists to represent everyone; everyone that is except real forest growers. No one is representing forest growers. Not even the TFGA.
One of the reasons forest industry reform has been so difficult in Tasmania is because there are too many forest industry people with their hands in the taxpayer’s pocket. With the creation of the TFFPN that list of people has grown substantially longer. Forest industry reform will henceforth be nigh impossible.
The TFFPN will be launched in Hobart next week.
It will be interesting to see who signs up to the TFFPN to join the war games and get their hands on the money.
No doubt the Government will describe it as a major achievement.
What a joke!
The Government will use the TFFPN to wedge the community by promoting bitterness and division. No doubt the TFFPN will be more than happy to play this game.
FIAT is obviously not disappearing anytime soon.
FIAT no longer has the support of the Government because they had the temerity to go and talk to The Greens and negotiate the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, which has since been rescinded.
The forest industry in Tasmania is a complete mess.
Stand by for another 4 years of forest industry chaos and waste.
This article was in Wednesday’s Mercury newspaper: